Player Notes - Steelers - Bengals

LB Kendrell Bell, who has not been on the field since the first exhibition game, is listed as questionable again for the fourth game of the season. He has a groin injury.<p>WR Hines Ward caught 9 passes for 96 yards and the game's only touchdown in a torrential rain and muck in Miami after hurricane Jeanne Sunday night. Ward now has 22 receptions for a share of the lead with Marvin Harrison in the AFC. Ward leads the conference with 346 yards, just two yards behind Isaac Bruce for the NFL lead.

Ward is in step to break his own 2002 team record of 112 catches; he's on a pace to have 117 receptions. He's on pace for 1,845 yards, or 447 more than Yancey Thigpen's 1997 team record of 1,398. He's topped the previous team record of 85 each of the past three years and is well on his way toward a fourth.

RB Duce Staley's average per carry finally reached 4.0 after three games, thanks to his 101 yards on 22 carries against the Miami Dolphins.

RB Verron Haynes may have earned more playing time with his performance against the Dolphins.

WR Plaxico Burress is second on the team in receiving, yet he has only five receptions for 103 yards and no touchdowns.

WR Antwaan Randle El has five catches, but only for 47 yards. El also has not lined up at quarterback yet this season, something former coordinator Mike Mularkey had him do quite often.

TE Jay Riemersma did not catch a pass Sunday and leads all Steelers tight ends with two receptions for 22 yards.

K Jeff Reed made only 2 of 4 field goals against Miami and despite the poor field conditions and the fact he made one from 51 yards, Reed needs to be "more consistent," according to coach Bill Cowher.

LB Joey Porter finally came alive. He led the team with seven tackles and had his first sack, and drew praise from coach Bill Cowher on Monday for having his best game of the season.

Cincinnati Bengals

QB Ray Lewis after throwing a pass on a scramble. Lewis drew a 15-yard penalty for roughing the passer.

RB Rudi Johnson has 232 rushing yards 3.4-yard average after three games. The Bengals' featured back was inactive for Games 1-3 in 2003 as he recovered from a quad injury.

RB Chris Perry has not played yet -- has 47 rushing yards on seven carries and seven catches for 36 yards and one touchdown.

RB Chris Perry has not played in three games, even though he dressed for the past two games. Perry has not been told why he hasn't played but suspects it's because coaches don't think he has caught on with blocking schemes.

WR Chad Johnson rebounded from his worst game in 2003 -- two catches for 15 yards against the Ravens -- to grab eight passes for 99 yards. It's Johnson's second 99-yard game this season. Johnson got the best of Baltimore cornerback Chris McAlister.

WR Peter Warrick did not catch a pass Sunday, breaking his streak of 64 consecutive games with a reception. Warrick is downgraded to doubtful for the Steelers on Sunday because of a shin injury.

WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh is probable with a rib injury following a 116-yard day, a career best.

TE Reggie Kelly, each of whom have two receptions this season.

K Shayne Graham was 3 of 3 on field goal attempts against Baltimore. He is 7 of 8 and leads the team with 25 points. The team has scored 49.

LB Adrian Ross, who had a workout with Cincinnati this week, apparently will not be re-signed by the team.

CB Tory James in the second half against Baltimore. Bauman is much more of a sure tackler than James.

LB Kevin Hardy had one tackle against the Ravens on the press box stats. After reviewing game film, coaches took it away, leaving with Hardy with no tackles against Baltimore. He is the starter at strong-side.

QB Jon Kitna politely declined to talk about the possibility of his taking Carson Palmer's place as starting quarterback. Kitna supports Palmer 100 percent and has said if he plays again for the Bengals it's because of two bad incidents have happened: Palmer is hurt or Palmer plays poorly.

LB Nate Webster is likely out for the season after having surgery on his patella tendon Monday. Coach Marvin Lewis said the Bengals are likely to place Webster on IR this week.


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